December 2012 Crossword – “STRAIGHT” CLUES

“STRAIGHT” CLUES

  ACROSS:

1. We [2]

4. Kept in custody, possession or storage [4]

9. Prefix: Beyond a standard or norm; exceeding [5]

12. Marsupium [5]

13. Conger and electric, for example [3]

14. H2O in the solid state [3]

15. Starchy tuber [3]

17. Large hairy humanoid said to live in North American wilderness [9]

18. Edible crustacean [5]

19. Cereal [3]

21.Close-fitting peaked head covering [3]

22. Australian cryptid said to inhabit swamps and lagoons [6]

24. Mob affray, rampage [4]

25. Article of artistic or intellectual work [4]

26. Australian hominid cryptid [5]

27. See 40 Across

28. Lair [3]

29. High mountain [3]

32. Elevated [4]

35. Fabled quadruped symbolic of virginity [7]

37. Points of concentration [4]

38. Common form of dermatitis [4]

40. and 27 Across: Fictitious vicious tree dwelling Australian marsupial resembling an oversized koala (Two Words: [4], [4])

41. Pet name for 6 Down [6]

42. Popular fiction: creature that resembles a very short human with hairy feet [6]

43. Writing implement [3]

DOWN:

1. Employ [3]

2. Litigates [4]

3. Country [4]

5. It’s a long story[4]

6. and 36 Down and 16 Down: Scottish cryptid often said to be a plesiosaur  (Three words, [4], [4], [7])

7. Imminently expected [3]

8. So-called Tasmanian Tiger [9]

10. An early specimen of this Australian icon was thought by the Royal Society to be a hoax [8]

11. Giant squid-like cryptid [6]

16. See 6 Down

19. Knock, as on a door [3]

20. Tantanoola’s celebrity cryptid [5]

21. Fossil fish found to be not extinct [10]

23. Preposition of position[4]

26. “Abominable” Asian hominid cryptid  [4]

27. Alternative name for 17 Across [7]

30. Plays on words [4]

31. Ubiquitous Chinese mythical animal [6]

33. Precedes Step and Jump [3]

34. The meaning of the word “cryptic” [6]

36. See 6 Down

39. In some usage, historical period of two thousand plus years leading  to present. [2]

40. That which is owed [4]

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